Skype is the software application which allows to make phone calls over the internet. it is probably the most well known Estonian invention and brand in the World today. In a nutshell it's a peer-to-peer telephone system and method , which was invented and written by Estonian software developers Ahti Heinla and Priit Kasesalu. Applicant of the patent is Skype LTD  (Originally Skyper) , which was founded by  Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Zennström and Dane Janus Friis. Two more developers - Jaan Tallinn and Toivo Annus contributed to Skype and are known as Skype founders  also. The priority date of the patent family goes back as far as 16.07. 2003.  Domain names Skype.com and Skype.net were registered as Skyper.com wasn’t available. The very  first version of  the Skype was released in August 2003. Patent applications are visible at the  European Patent Office.
As the legend goes only few believed in peer-to-Peer technology in Estonia at the time and local investors made no contribution to it. But there was one crazy investor' Ashton Kutcher from US who invested at Skype and got a nice return of 1000 times back from it just a few years later ...  

eBay bought Skype in September 2005 for $ 2.6 billion. Then Microsoft acquired it for $ 8,5BN in 2011. The Ambient Sound Investments was established in 2003 as an equal partnership by four founding engineers at Skype Technologies to hold their minority stakes. At the end of 2005  ASI sold its shares to eBay and operates as a private investment company ever since.

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